11 November 2031

Timeline

  1. 1924.04.01. Defendants in the Beer Hall Putsch trial
  2. 1924.12.20. Adolf Hitler on his Release from Landsberg Prison
  3. 1928.10.11. Showa Emperor (Hirohito) at his coronation 1928
  4. 1933.09.14. Hitler Tours Destruction of Oeschelbronn, Germany
  5. 1934.00.00. Vickers Light Tank Mark III
  6. 1934.04.01. Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf A (SdKfz 101)  
  7. 1935.07.17-21. Adolf Hitler Laughing at a Vacation in Harz Mountains
  8. 1936.01.01. Italian Troops March Past Mussolini Poster in Ethiopia
  9. 1936.04.05. Hermann Göring and His Lion Cub 
  10. 1936.05.30. Japanese Buddhist monks during gas mask drill
  11. 1936.06.13. Picture of People Giving a Nazi Salute, with August Landmesser Refusing to do so
  12. 1936.06.27. Chinese generals Chiang Kai-Shek and Long Yun
  13. 1936.07.02. Heinrich Himmler and SS Generals in Quedlinburg 1936
  14. 1937.08.13. Japanese troops passing the Chinese city of Peiping
  15. 1937.10.22. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Visited Adolf Hitler at the Berghof 
  16. 1938.00.00 Junkers Ju 87 A of “Legion Condor”
  17. 1938.09.30. German and Italian Officials at Münich Conference
  18. 1938.09.30. Neville Chamberlain's 'Peace of Our Time'
  19. 1938.10.12. Panzer-Regiment 11 Celebrates its First Birthday
  20. 1939.02.24. Vought-Chance SB2U-2 Vindicator
  21. 1939.05.31. Legion Condor Award Ceremony in Hamburg
  22. 1939.08.25. U-25 a Few Days Before the Outbreak of the War 
  23. 1939.09.18. A Destroyed Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) in Poland 
  24. 1939.09.19. The Remain of Prinz von Ratibor's Panzer IV After the Battle
  25. 1939.09.29. British soldiers going to the front
  26. 1939.12.18. British POW with Luftwaffe Soldiers
  27. 1939.12.20. Press Conference after the Air Battle in Wilhelmshaven
  28. 1940.01.01. Soviet BT-5 Tanks Knocked Out During the Winter War
  29. 1940.03.11. The Sinking of U-31 off Wilhelmshaven
  30. 1940.04.00. Skoda 35 tank Kompanie wait in a wood for the opening of Blitzkrieg 
  31. 1940.04.01. Crusader Mark I Cruiser Tanks  
  32. 1940.04.13. Junkers Ju 52 After Landing on the Hartvigvann-Lake
  33. 1940.05.00. Messerschmitt Bf 109 of LG 2 Belly Landed at Liege
  34. 1940.05-06.00. 6. Panzer-Division Tanks in France 1940  
  35. 1940.05.10. Dutch soldiers surrender at Lutterhoofdwijk
  36. 1940.05.11. Bombing of Blauwburgwal Canal in Amsterdam
  37. 1940.05.13. LSSAH Troops Crossing the River Meuse Near Mook 
  38. 1940.05.13. Ritterkreuz Award Ceremony for Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"
  39. 1940.05.14. Dutch Soldier negotiating the capitulation in 1940
  40. 1940.05.15. Luftwaffe Kriegsberichter Recorded German Movement at Dinant 
  41. 1940.05.16. German military convoy in Amsterdam
  42. 1940.05.16. Motor units of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler at Amsterdam
  43. 1940.05.26. Tanks of 6. Panzer Division Advance Toward Cassel 
  44. 1940.06.01. Oberleutnant Karl Hanke in a Panzerkampfwagen IV  
  45. 1940.06.01. Panzer 38(t) and Panzer II on the Move
  46. 1940.06.03-06. Hitler With His Staff, June 1940
  47. 1940.06.14. General Kurt von Briesen Reviewing His Troops in Paris Parade
  48. 1940.06.18.Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Münich, June 1940 
  49. 1940.06.26. Award Ceremony of Pionier-Bataillon 221
  50. 1940.07.19. Newly Promoted Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring
  51. 1940.08.03. 554. Infanterie-Division at Donaueschingen
  52. 1940.08.12. Bf 109s of JG 53 vs Hurricanes of No.145 Squadron
  53. 1940.09.14. Luftwaffe Ace Hauptmann Rolf Pingel
  54. 1940.11.00. U-34 Training Submarine
  55. 1940.11.01. Panzerkampfwagen II ausf C on Manoeuvre
  56. 1940.12.00. Emblem of U-93
  57. 1940.12.24. Adolf Galland Waiting for the Führer 
  58. 1941.00.00. Member of 250. Infanterie-Division (División Azul)
  59. 1941.01.00. Wilhelm Haehnelt as Generalleutnant in January 1941
  60. 1941.01-08. SS Soldiers Playing with Squirrel
  61. 1941.01.31. Frostbite Experiments of Unit 1855
  62. 1941.03.01. Panzerkampfwagen III in Libya
  63. 1941.03.13. Former German Heavyweight Boxer Max Schmeling as a Fallschirmjäger
  64. 1941.03.15. Stern of Battleship Bismarck 
  65. 1941.03.24. M13/40 Tanks of the VII Battaglione, Ariete Armored Division 
  66. 1941.04-09.00. A column of German Wehrmacht paraded in Paris
  67. 1941.04.05. Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf G and Ausf H in Bulgaria 
  68. 1941.04.09. Panzerkampfwagen III Crews at Rest and Playing Cards  
  69. 1941.04.09. Panzerkampfwagen IV ausf E of 13. Panzer-Division 
  70. 1941.04.13 German victory parade in Belgrade
  71. 1941.04.13. 11. Panzer-Division Rests During Yugoslavian Campaign  
  72. 1941.04.20. The capitulation of Greek forces to SS Leibstandarte
  73. 1941.05.00. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.D tanks of Panzer-Abteilung 65
  74. 1941.05.01. Panzerkampfwagen IVs of the Afrika Korps
  75. 1941.05.11. Dutch SS ceremony in Utrecht Netherlands
  76. 1941.05.20. German Paratrooper during Operation Mercury
  77. 1941.05.20. German Paratroopers rests at Crete
  78. 1941.06-12.00. Leutnant Helmut Ritgen Collecting his Lunch from Field Kitchen
  79. 1941.06.00. Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.J Medium Tank Negotiating a River Crossing
  80. 1941.06.21. Erich Brandenberger and Erich von Manstein a Day Before Operation Barbarossa
  81. 1941.06.21. German Tank Convoy Near the Soviet Border
  82. 1941.06.23. Char B1 Flammenwerfer Before Operation Barbarossa
  83. 1941.06.26. German Soldiers Move into Burning Russian Villages
  84. 1941.06.30. Execution of Brave Russian Prisoners
  85. 1941.07.00. Cheerful Divisional Personnel Pose with a Wrecked Soviet T-28B tank
  86. 1941.07.00. Oberstleutnant Erich Freiherr von Seckendorff Observes The Battlefield
  87. 1941.07.01. German Troops Prepare to Clear Houses
  88. 1941.07.01. Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) of 6. Panzer-Division
  89. 1941.07.01. Sturmgeschutz III ausf B (SdKfz 142) Fords a River
  90. 1941.07.06. Tank-Infantry Cooperation with Panzer 35(t) at Pskov
  91. 1941.07.18. German Troops Remove Communist Red Star
  92. 1941.07.19. U-553 Returned From Successful Patrol
  93. 1941.07.26. Damaged Aircraft of Feldwebel Heinrich Klöpper
  94. 1941.08.00. Generaloberst Hoepner With Officers of 6. Panzer-Division in Leningrad
  95. 1941.08.10. LSSAH NCO Helmut Burose Attack A Soviet Armoured Vehicle
  96. 1941.08.12. RAF Blenheim After Bombing Goldenburg Power Station, Cologne
  97. 1941.08.12. RAF Blenheims Attack Fortuna Power Station in Cologne
  98. 1941.08.25. Ritterkreuz Award Ceremony for Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche
  99. 1941.09-11. Front-Line Conference of Wolfram von Richthofen and Richard Koll
  100. 1941.09.00. Red Army Soldiers Ride Panzer III  
  101. 1941.09.01. Generale Adolf-Friedrich Kuntzen and Otto von Knobelsdorff 
  102. 1941.09.01. German Motorcycle Immobilized by Russian Mud
  103. 1941.09-10. U-83 in the North Atlantic During its Second Patrol
  104. 1941.10.00. 6. Panzer-Division Panzer Convoy
  105. 1941.10.00. Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4 of Feldwebel Fritz Dinger
  106. 1941.10.00. Oberst Richard Koll in his Panzerbefehlswagen III 'RO6'
  107. 1941.10.00. Tanks of Panzer Brigade Koll
  108. 1941.10.02. A Column of Armour from Panzer-Brigade "Koll" at Vyazma 
  109. 1941.10.02. Panoramic View of the Battle of Vyazma
  110. 1941.10.02. Panzerbefehlswagen III 'RO6' of Oberst Richard Koll in a Russian Village
  111. 1941.10.02. PzBefw.III of Oberst Richard Koll at the Battle of Vyazma
  112. 1941.10.07. Wounded SS With StuG and Destroyed T-34
  113. 1941.10.09. Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster I Flying in the Sky 
  114. 1941.10.16. German Troops Inspect Soviet Trenches Along the Volkhov River
  115. 1941.10.20. Hans-Ulrich Rudel at the Honor Goblet Presentation
  116. 1941.11.01-06. French soldiers of the Légion des Volontaires Français  
  117. 1941.11.24. Rommel With 15. Panzer-Division Between Tobruk and Sidi Omar 
  118. 1941.12.01-09. The Youngest Soldier of French Legion
  119. 1941.12.03. German tank crew surrendered to New Zealand troops
  120. 1941.12.07. Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Attack Bomber Shot Down at Hospital Point, Pearl Harbor
  121. 1941.12.07. Small Boat Rescues Sailor from USS West Virginia (BB-48)  
  122. 1941.12.07. USS Maryland (BB-46) and Capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37)  
  123. 1941.12.07. USS Shaw (DD-373) Destroyed in Floating Drydock YFD-2
  124. 1941.12.07. Wrecked B-17C Flying Fortress at Hickam Field
  125. 1941.12.08. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Signs the Declaration of War Against Japan 
  126. 1941.12.20. Award ceremony of Romanian medal to Carl Gustaf Mannerheim
  127. 1941.12.23. Panzer-Regiment 201 Receives its First German Tanks  
  128. 1942.01.00. Panzerkampfwagen III During the Soviet Winter 
  129. 1942.01.01. 14th Engineers (Philippine Scouts) Wire Railroad Bridge For Demolition 
  130. 1942.01.01. Crusader Tanks in North Africa  
  131. 1942.01.01. Japanese Imperial Army During The Advance On Luzon
  132. 1942.01.01. M13/40 of Italian XX Armored Corps in North Africa
  133. 1942.01.01. RAF 15 Squadron Short Stirlings in Flight
  134. 1942.01.12. Ritterkreuz Recipient Heinrich "Hein" Springer  
  135. 1942.01.16. Indian Sailor Begs for Water After his Ship was Sunk
  136. 1942.01-03. A Messerschmitt Me 210 from Ergänzungsstaffel Zerstörergeschwader 1 (ZG 1)
  137. 1942.03.01. KNIL soldiers with captured Japanese flag
  138. 1942.03.08. The surrender of the Dutch forces to the Japanese at Kalidjati
  139. 1942.03.13. Japanese American Grocery Proclaims "I Am An American"
  140. 1942.04.05. San Petro Internees Arrive at Santa Anita Assembly Center
  141. 1942.04.06. Japanese Americans Queue for Transport to Santa Anita Assembly Center
  142. 1942.04.09. Banzai Celebration of Japanese Forces at Bataan
  143. 1942.04.10. Lieutenant Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare in His Cockpit
  144. 1942.04.11. Allied Prisoners of War Sort Confiscated Equipment on Bataan
  145. 1942.04.24. Japanese-Americans at Manzanar War Relocation Center
  146. 1942.05.01. P-40E Warhawk of 11th Fighter Squadron
  147. 1942.05.06. Japanese Tanks on Corregidor 
  148. 1942.05.22. Four of the Best Pilots From Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51) "Mölders"
  149. 1942.05.27. Doris Miller Receives the Navy Cross from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
  150. 1942.05.31. American POWs Reenact Surrender of Corregidor to Imperial Japanese Army
  151. 1942.06.01. M3 Medium Tanks at Fort Knox
  152. 1942.06.03. Marines at General Quarters, Dutch Harbor, Alaska
  153. 1942.06.04. Destroyers Stand By to Pick Up Survivors as USS Yorktown is Abandoned
  154. 1942.06.04. USS Yorktown After Bomb Hits in the Battle of Midway
  155. 1942.06.04. USS Yorktown (CV-5) Lists After Two Torpedoes
  156. 1942.06.05. Renzo Kita, Last Moment of Admiral Yamaguchi
  157. 1942.06.16. U-455 Return From Her Patrol At St. Nazaire
  158. 1942.06.18. German Pioneer Attempting to Demolish Turret No.2 of Fort Maxim Gorky
  159. 1942.06.18. The Remains of Russian Tanks Collected by the Germans  
  160. 1942.06.21. Small Briefing of German Officers Before Stalingrad
  161. 1942.06.28. Portrait Photo of Hans-Joachim Marseille
  162. 1942.07.01. Panzer IVs Pass Knocked Out Universal Carrier 
  163. 1942.07.01. Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.N During a Lull in Combat  
  164. 1942.07.04. American Prisoners of War Celebrate the Fourth of July at Camp Casisang
  165. 1942.07.12. Politruk Alexey Yeremenko Counterattacking Enemy Positions  
  166. 1942.07.16. German Soldier Playing With a Cat
  167. 1942.08.00. A column of German POWs on the Nevsky Prospekt in Leningrad
  168. 1942.08.01. German Soldiers March To The Front In Fall Blau
  169. 1942.08.09. 1. Panzer-Armee Advances on the Caucasus Mountains
  170. 1942.08.10. German and Finnish Officers at a Ferry on Lake Ladoga
  171. 1942.08.10. "Wake - Beach of Bayonets" Propaganda Poster 
  172. 1942.08.24. Japanese Bomb Impacts USS Enterprise During Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  173. 1942.08.25. U-218 in Kiel Harbor Leaving for Kristiansand
  174. 1942.09.00. New Focke-Wulf Fw 190 For JG 51
  175. 1942.09.03. Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp with his Fox Terrier dog 
  176. 1942.09.15. Victory Marking of U-155
  177. 1942.09.16. HZL Aircrew Celebrating the Unit's 1,000th Sortie Over the Eastern Front
  178. 1942.09.19. Luftwaffe Troops at Stalingrad
  179. 1942.09.21. German Soldier Rides a Camel on the Russian Front  
  180. 1942.09.24. Award Ceremony of Croatian Volunteers in the Outskirts of Stalingrad
  181. 1942.09.29 Maneuvers of British Armored Division
  182. 1942.10.00. P-51 Mustang being prepared for test flight
  183. 1942.10.01. B-17F Flying Fortress at Douglas Aircraft's Long Beach Plant
  184. 1942.10.01. Unteroffizier Gerhard Proske from Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54)
  185. 1942.10.08. Ritterkreuz award ceremony for Alexander von Hartmann at Stalingrad
  186. 1942.10.15. Ritterkreuz award ceremony of Wilhelm Knetsch at Stalingrad
  187. 1942.10.16. German Pioneer Officer at the Ruins of Stalingrad
  188. 1942.10.16. German troops push into Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad
  189. 1942.10.26. Nakajima B5N2 Passes USS Northampton (CA-26)
  190. 1942.11.01. Sergeant William Watts Manning B-24D Liberator Tunnel Machine Gun
  191. 1942.11.01. Soldiers in Bunks on Army Transport S.S. Pennant
  192. 1942.11.01. US Marine Mortar Squad on the Matanikau
  193. 1942.11.04. General Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma Surrender to Bernard Montgomery 
  194. 1942.11.06. U-125 Returning to Lorient
  195. 1942.11.11. Oberleutnant Winkler Gives Order Near the Barrikady Factory Stalingrad
  196. 1942.11.23. Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf N Unloaded in North Africa
  197. 1942.11.27. German Armour Entering the French harbour of Toulon  
  198. 1942.11.30. The grave of Oberleutnant Joachim Sonntag at Rzhev
  199. 1942.12.01. "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels" Watch American Wounded Rest
  200. 1942.12.01. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf G Abandoned by Their Crews 
  201. 1942.12.01. USS Alabama (BB-60) Anchored at Lynn Haven
  202. 1942.12.12-23. Panzergrenadiers with the Wrecked T-34 
  203. 1942.12.25 The first Christmas of SS Division "Prinz Eugen"
  204. 1943.01.00. Karl Dönitz Studying Maps at Kriegsmarine Headquarter
  205. 1943.01.00. Messerschmitt Bf 109 of Feldwebel Hans Döbrich
  206. 1943.01.00. Oberst Walther von Hünersdorff Discussing Strategy
  207. 1943.01.01. M3 Stuart Light Tank in North Africa
  208. 1943.01.01. Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf N of Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501
  209. 1943.01.18. British SAS Just Back From a Three Month Patrol
  210. 1943.01.20. Captain Robert L. Faurot, 39th Fighter Squadron, US Army Air Corps 
  211. 1943.01.20. Men of SS Prinz Eugen Riding On a Hotchkiss H-39 During Operation Weiss
  212. 1943.01.22. General Montgomery Planning the Final Assault on Tripoli  
  213. 1943.01.31. Generalleutnant Carl Rodenburg Photographed at Stalingrad
  214. 1943.02.10. B-24D Liberator of 308th Bomb Group Passes P-40Ks of 23rd Fighter Group
  215. 1943.02.14. Crew of C-47 "Early Delivery"
  216. 1943.02.27. Captured Afrikakorps after the Battle of Sened Station
  217. 1943.03.04. Messerschmitt Me 210 A-1 “2N+LT” Crash Landed at Gerbini
  218. 1943.03.06. Extraordinary Tank Hunter Werner Wrangel
  219. 1943.03.06. Günther Rall and His Men with Unit Mascot
  220. 1943.03.17. B-17 Flying Fortress "Invasion 2nd" at Training Session
  221. 1943.03.19. Adolf Hitler Inspecting Dora
  222. 1943.03.21. Marder II "Kohlenklau" of Unteroffizier Helmut Kohlke
  223. 1943.03.22. Artur Phleps and Kurt Waldheim at Yugoslavia
  224. 1943.04.00. Oberstleutnant Karl-Gottfried Nordmann, Luftwaffe Ace  
  225. 1943.04-05. Panther Ausf.D Medium Tanks on Rail Cars Waiting to be shipped to the Front 
  226. 1943.04-10. Panzer Commanders of Das Reich and LSSAH
  227. 1943.04.04. Adolf Hitler Inspecting Gustav
  228. 1943.04.17. U-Boat Crew Yelled for Help after his Ship was Sunk
  229. 1943.04.18. U-37 Returned to the Base at Wilhelmshaven
  230. 1943.04.21. Ritterkreuz Award Ceremony for Gefreiter Werner Rausch
  231. 1943.04.27. Heinz Guderian Visiting Tiger Company of SS Leibstandarte
  232. 1943.05.09. Launching of US Submarine USS Robalo (SS-273)  
  233. 1943.05.12. German prisoners at Enfidaville Tunisia
  234. 1943.05.13. German Generals Captured in Tunisia
  235. 1943.05.17. Sir Arthur Harris Debriefing Guy Gibson's Crew After Dambusters Raid
  236. 1943.06.01. Boeing XB-29 Superfortress in Flight
  237. 1943.06.07. Visit of General Lüters to Prinz Eugen Division
  238. 1943.06.14. KNIL marching in Australia
  239. 1943.06.30. US Army 43rd Infantry Division, 172nd Regiment Lands on Rendova
  240. 1943.07.01. Self-Propelled Howitzer "Hummel" at the Battle of Kursk
  241. 1943.07.06. Panzerkampfwagen IV ausf G tanks on the Move 
  242. 1943.07.09. B-25D Mitchell "Lady Jane" of 23rd Antisubmarine Squadron
  243. 1943.07.11. Robert Rowan explodes off the coast of Gela Sicily
  244. 1943.07.19. Benito Mussolini Speaks with Wilhelm Keitel at Feltre Airfield
  245. 1943.07.22. Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Dambusters Raid) With His Crew
  246. 1943.07.23. Australian soldiers at the Battle of Mount Tambu
  247. 1943.07.30. Corporal Bull Allen carrying wounded soldier at Mount Tambu
  248. 1943.08.13. Tiger Commander of sPz.Abt.503 Confers With "Totenkopf" Panzergrenadiers
  249. 1943.09.00. Children Playing with Panzer Tiger in Italy
  250. 1943.09.04. Canadian tanks landed at Reggio Calabria
  251. 1943.09.07. VMF-214 "Black Sheep" at Espiritu Santo
  252. 1943.09.10. Hans Lex Award Ceremony
  253. 1943.09.27. Tank of SS Division Prinz Eugen in Split Croatia during Operation Axis
  254. 1943.10.01. German Fallschirmjäger on the Italian Front 
  255. 1943.10.04. Tiger #332 Stuck in the Mud (Recovery Training)
  256. 1943.11.09. Muslim Members of Handschar Division at Prayer during their Training in Germany
  257. 1943.11.12. RAF Supermarine Spitfire Vb at Kenley Airfield 
  258. 1943.11.24. M3 Medium Tank Crew of 1st Armored Division Displays 75mm Ammunition
  259. 1943.11.28. WASPs Receive Final Instructions Before Flying B-26 Marauder
  260. 1943.12.31. B-17 Flying Fortresses Strike Bois-Colombes
  261. 1943.12.24. Coast Guard LST Heads for Cape Gloucester with Elements of 1st Marine Division
  262. 1944.00.00. A Rider Delivers Mail to Nashorn Crew
  263. 1944.00.00. Crew of B-24J 44-40783 Photographed in Front of "Tough Titti"
  264. 1944.01.01. Churchill AVRE with Small Box Girder Bridge and Churchill Crocodile  
  265. 1944.01.01. Memorial Service in Prisoner of War Heito Camp #3, Formosa
  266. 1944.01.01. NCR N-530 Bombe Enigma Decryption Machine
  267. 1944.01.02. 44 Squadron Lancaster Warms Up  
  268. 1944.01.10. 1st Marine War Dog Platoon and 2nd Marine Raider Regiment on Bougainville
  269. 1944.01.14. Marine War Dog and Handler
  270. 1944.01.14. Ritterkreuz award ceremony for panzer ace Michael Wittmann and Bobby Woll
  271. 1944.01.28. Pilots of Tuskegee Airmen Discusses Air Action Over Anzio 
  272. 1944.02.19. 22nd Marines Get Coffee Aboard USS Middleton
  273. 1944.02.19. A Marine with Thousand Yard Stare
  274. 1944.03.01. German self-propelled gun Sturmpanzer IV "Brummbär"
  275. 1944.03.31 Two US ground crew paint Easter message to the bomb
  276. 1944.04.01. Prototype 37mm Flakpanzer IV "Möbelwagen"
  277. 1944.04.05. New Zealand soldiers drinks tea in Cassino
  278. 1944.04.11. Crew of B-17G "Flatbush Floogie" is Captured
  279. 1944.04.20. Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring at the Demonstration of Hetzer
  280. 1944.04.20. Crew of U-198 Before Her Second Patrol
  281. 1944.05.00. Panther from Wiking Bogged Down in Thick Mud
  282. 1944.05-06. Panthers of Wiking Division in Maciejewo 
  283. 1944.05.12. US Marines Disembark from LVT-1 Amtrac at Guam Landing Training 
  284. 1944.05.13. Practice jump before D-Day
  285. 1944.05.14. French Troops During the Fighting of the Italian Campaigns
  286. 1944.05.14. Panther of Wiking Division at SS-Truppenübungsplatz Heidelager
  287. 1944.05.15. Major Jimmy Stewart Receives Air Medal
  288. 1944.05.18. British Commonwealth troops with captured Nazi flag at Monte Cassino
  289. 1944.05.18. New Zealand tank crew at Cassino
  290. 1944.05.19. B-17G Destroyed by Bomb Strike From Above
  291. 1944.05.20. A change of command ceremony of SS Division Wiking
  292. 1944.05.25. German Glider at Operation Rösselsprung
  293. 1944.05.25. SS Paratroopers with captured British and US flags
  294. 1944.05.27. Consolidated B-24D Liberator "First Sergeant"  
  295. 1944.05.27. Officers of Hitlerjugend Division Posing Together at Fritz Witt's Birthday
  296. 1944.06.03. Italian refugees with New Zealand soldier
  297. 1944.06.03. US Rangers Aboard their Landing Craft Before Normandy Invasion
  298. 1944.06.05. American paratrooper before D-Day
  299. 1944.06.05. General Eisenhower chats with Paratroopers before D-Day
  300. 1944.06.05. German Generals Ernst Philipp, Hans Schlemmer and Helmut Staedke
  301. 1944.06.05. Soldiers of 502nd PIR donning the equipment before D-Day
  302. 1944.06.06. U.S. assault team landing at Omaha Beach
  303. 1944.06.06. Private Jim Flanagan with captured German flag on the morning of D-Day
  304. 1944.06.06. Canadian AA Crew with Bofors Gun in Normandy on D-Day
  305. 1944.06.06. Korean Yang Kyoungjong Captured in Wehrmacht Uniform
  306. 1944.06.07. Adolf Hitler Studying The Allied Landing at D-Day
  307. 1944.06.07. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H of 12. SS-Panzer-Division 
  308. 1944.06.08. 2nd New Zealand Division's personnel sorting out maps
  309. 1944.06.11. Marauder II Bombs Banja Luka Yugoslavia 
  310. 1944.06.14. Tiger #222 Taking Tiger #231 in Tow After a Breakdown
  311. 1944.06.15. Captured Foreign Volunteers in the German Army
  312. 1944.06.17. V-1 Strikes Battersea, London 
  313. 1944.06.20. 12. SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" Panther Ausf G 
  314. 1944.06.25. John Crocker and Rod Keller in Normandy
  315. 1944.06.26. V-1 Over England
  316. 1944.06.27. The "Last Stand" Defender of Cherbourg
  317. 1944.06.30. V-1 Hits the Aldwych, London  
  318. 1944.07.01. Flakpanzer IV (3.7cm FlaK) Ostwind
  319. 1944.07.01. P-51s of 352nd Fighter Group Escort B-24Js of 458th Bomb Group
  320. 1944.07.02. A Japanese Dive Bomber Shot Down Near Truk
  321. 1944.07.05. Generals Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and Lawton Collins
  322. 1944.07.07. Finnish Sturmgeschütz crew
  323. 1944.07.08. Oberleutnant Franz Ludwig Discussing Strategy With His Men
  324. 1944.07.11. German soldiers surrender at Vilnius Lithuania
  325. 1944.07.16 Three German commanders in St.-Lô area
  326. 1944.07.18. 26th QMC War Dog Platoon on Biak
  327. 1944.07.25. Studio Portrait of Luftwaffe Ace Wilhelm Batz
  328. 1944.07.28. British General John Crocker with visiting Soviet delegation
  329. 1944.07.29. American Troops Stand Guard Behind German POW at Le Gast
  330. 1944.07.29. Coast Guard LST Follows LCIs to Cape Sansapor
  331. 1944.07.31. 3rd Marine Division Searches Agana for Japanese Survivors
  332. 1944.07.31. King George VI during award ceremony for Canadian soldiers in Italy
  333. 1944.08.00. Adolf Hitler and Wachtmeister Arthur Adam
  334. 1944.08.00. Reichsbahn Personnel Wearing Camo
  335. 1944.08.01. Adolf Hitler Second Visit to the Victims of the 20 July 1944 Plot
  336. 1944.08.01. Adolf Hitler Visiting His Adjutant Heinrich Borgmann
  337. 1944.08.01. Americans Approach Panther Ausf A in Periers, France 
  338. 1944.08.01. Panzerkampfwagen IV ausf H in Poland
  339. 1944.08.01. Portrait Photo of Karl Ullrich After Award Ceremony
  340. 1944.08.01. Reception of Leading NS Officers by Adolf Hitler
  341. 1944.08.01. Schwertern Award Ceremony For Rainer Stahel
  342. 1944.08.02. Fieseler Fi-103 V-1 in Flight
  343. 1944.08.02. Luftwaffe General Werner Kreipe and Eckhard Christian
  344. 1944.08.03. 155mm "Long Tom" Fires at Japanese on Guam
  345. 1944.08.03. Destroyed Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.J in Normandy  
  346. 1944.08.04. Hitler Assembles The Reichsleiter and Gauleiter After July 1944 Attempt
  347. 1944.08.05. Ion Antonescu and Adolf Hitler Met for the Last Time
  348. 1944.08.09. A Young SS Hitlerjugend Soldier Captured by the Canadian at Normandy
  349. 1944.08.09. Otter Scout Car of 4th Armored Division, II Canadian Corps 
  350. 1944.08.10. M-2 Wildcats and F4U Corsairs at Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
  351. 1944.08.10. RAF 5 Group Lancaster Attacks Bordeaux Refinery
  352. 1944.08.10. Sepp Dietrich Before Brillanten Award Ceremony
  353. 1944.08.10. Sepp Dietrich After Brillanten Award Ceremony
  354. 1944.08.10. Sepp Dietrich Received by Hitler
  355. 1944.08.10. Sepp Dietrich Receiving Brillanten from Hitler
  356. 1943.08.10. Tiger of Großdeutschland with Two Soldiers and Captured Soviet Anti-Tank Guns
  357. 1944.08.11. Jedburgh Special Forces Board B-24D Liberator
  358. 1944.08.15. Panzerkampfwagen IV ausf H (SdKfz 161) of 3.SS Panzer-Division "Totenkopf"
  359. 1944.08.17. General Philippe Leclerc and French Tank Crew
  360. 1944.08.20. Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" of Heeresgruppe Sudukraine
  361. 1944.08.21. American Soldier Inspects Panther Ausf A
  362. 1944.08.26. Captured German Kübelwagen in the liberation of Paris
  363. 1944.08.28. Heer officer served in Luftwaffe Field Division
  364. 1944.08.29. General Alfred Gutknecht captured by the US
  365. 1944.09-10. A Heinkel He 111 Rolling Towards its Heavily Guarded Revetment
  366. 1944.09-10. A V-1 With Very Unusual Camouflage Pattern
  367. 1944.09-11. SS Anti-Tank in Action at Transylvania
  368. 1944.09.00. PK Cameraman Made a Footage of Fw 190
  369. 1944.09.01. Briefing African-American Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group  
  370. 1944.09.01. Captain Andrew D. Turner, 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group 
  371. 1944.09.01. Ground Crew Affix Fuel Tank to P-51C Mustang 
  372. 1944.09.01. PFC John T. Fields Checks Ammunition on P-51B Mustang
  373. 1944.09.03. Charles Foulkes and Harry Crerar in Dieppe France
  374. 1944.09.08. General Oliver Leese speaking with Canadian NCO in Italy
  375. 1944.09.15. Jagdpanther of schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559 
  376. 1944.09.17. Two of Eighteen Allied POWs Rescued by USS Queenfish (SS-393)
  377. 1944.09.18. British Paratroopers with German Prisoner at Arnhem
  378. 1944.09.18. German SS Prisoners at Arnhem
  379. 1944.09.19. General Hermann Plocher Arrived at Milsbeek 
  380. 1944.09.28. Nijmegen, Netherlands After Operation Market-Garden
  381. 1944.10.--. Karl Nicolussi-Leck on the Cupola of his Panther #801 
  382. 1944.10.01. British Churchill Mark VIII Tank
  383. 1944.10.14. Panther Ausf A Destroyed by XIX Tactical Air Command 
  384. 1944.10.15. Königstiger Occupying a Street Intersection in Budapest
  385. 1944.10.15. SS Soldiers With Captured Hungarian War Machines in Buda Castle
  386. 1944.10.17. Royal Hamilton Light Infantry During the Battle of the Scheldt
  387. 1944.10.20. Destroyed Catholic Church at Dulag, Leyte
  388. 1944.10.20. Wounded 7th Cavalry Tankers Receive First Aid
  389. 1944.10.21. US Army General Douglas MacArthur's Second Landing on Leyte 
  390. 1944.10.29. British war correspondent in the Netherlands
  391. 1944.11.--. SS-Sturmbannführer Luis Thaler with Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Armando Giorleo
  392. 1944.11.24. The crew of B-29 Superfortress 42-24598 "Waddy's Wagon"
  393. 1944.12.11. M4 Sherman Mine Exploder T1E3 Clears A Road in Beggendorf
  394. 1944.12.16. Wounded SS soldier during the Battle of the Bulge
  395. 1944.12.18. American Soldiers of the 99th Infantry Division March Into Captivity
  396. 1944.12.18. Gloster Meteor F.3 of Royal Air Force 616 Squadron in Flight 
  397. 1944.12.21. PT Boat Crewman Lathers Up with Soap Prior to Salt Water Bath 
  398. 1944.12.22. Luftwaffe Ace Gerhard Tyben Receiving The Knight's Cross
  399. 1944.12.25. Coldstream Guards' Sherman Firefly IC Guards Bridge at Namur
  400. 1944.12.27. Messerschmitt Bf 109 is “Blaue 15” of Leutnant Lehmann
  401. 1944.12.27. Panther Ausf G Abandoned in the Ardennes
  402. 1944.12.29. Destroyed American War Machines Near Bastogne
  403. 1945.01.01. American Armada at Ulithi Atoll
  404. 1945.01.02. Eichenlaub award ceremony for Panzer Ace Otto Carius
  405. 1945.01.06. USS Columbia (CL-56) Hit by Kamikaze Attack
  406. 1945.01.07-12. Fritz Vogt and Fritz Darges in Front of Hegykastely Castle
  407. 1945.01.14. 44th Evacuation Hospital Orderlies Carry Malmedy Victim on Stretcher  
  408. 1945.01.19. German prisoners trudge past a British Sherman tank at Höngen
  409. 1945.01.24. Sherman Tanks of 7th Armored in St. Vith
  410. 1945.01.26. U.S. M8 Greyhound Near the German Border
  411. 1945.02.01. Reactor B at the Hanford Engineer Works
  412. 1945.02.03. M24 Chaffee of 18th Cavalry Squadron
  413. 1945.02.05. First Ledo Road Convoy to Reach Kunming, China
  414. 1945.02.09. Douglas MacArthur Inspects Damage to Stotsenburg Station Hospital 
  415. 1945.03.16. Coning Tower Test Using U-2330
  416. 1945.02.18. Platoon of 4th Marine Division Briefed on Iwo Jima on Attack Transport 
  417. 1945.02.20. A Marine Artillery Observer on Iwo Jima
  418. 1945.02.20. Marine Naps While War Dog Stands Guard 
  419. 1945.02.20. Wounded Marines Are Helped to an Aid Station by Navy Corpsmen
  420. 1945.02.23. First Flag Raising on Iwo Jima
  421. 1945.02.23. Raising the American Flag on Iwo Jima
  422. 1945.03.20. Adolf Hitler Congratulating Hitlerjugend Boys 
  423. 1945.03.20. M-12 Tank was Called Upon to Blast Enemy Defenses at Siegfried Line 
  424. 1945.03.23. Jagdtiger Abandoned in Neustadt
  425. 1945.03.24. German Town Destroyed During Operation Varsity  
  426. 1945.03.25. B-17G Flying Fortress "Big Yank"
  427. 1945.03.27. USS West Virginia (BB-48) Shoots Down a Japanese Kamikaze Plane
  428. 1945.04.01. A Knocked-Out Jagdpanther Being Examined by an American Soldier
  429. 1945.04.01. 2nd Mixed Brigade Field Hospital Surrenders on Iwo Jima
  430. 1945.04.01. German town Wesel after the bombing
  431. 1945.04.03. 15 Year Old German Soldier Cries After Being Captured

03 August 2020

German Generals Captured in Tunisia


Video size: 00:00:48 - 5.40 MB
Date: Thursday, 13 May 1943
Place: Maison Blanche aerodrome, southeast of Algiers, Algeria
Cameraman: J.F. Gunn of U.K. War Office Film Unit

German high ranking officers arrested by the Allies in Tunisia were seen as having just arrived at Maison Blanche aerodrome, Algeria, on 13 May 1943. Their identities were later checked by the authorities. Afterwards, these generals boarded the plane that would take them to a temporary POW camp in England. Some faces that can be recognized include: General der Panzertruppe Gustav von Vaerst (Oberbefehlshaber 5. Panzerarmee. Arrested on 9 May 1943 in Bizerte), Generalleutnant Karl Bülowius (General der Pioniere Heeresgruppe "Africa" ​​und Kommandeur Panzer-Division "Von Manteuffel". Arrested on 9 May 1943 in Tunis), Generalleutnant Willibald Borowietz (Kommandeur 15. Panzer-Division. Arrested on 10 May 1943 in Tunis), Generalmajor Fritz Krause (Kommandeur 334. Infanterie-Division. Arrested on 9 May 1943 in Bizerte), Generalmajor der Luftwaffe Dipl.Ing. Gerhard Bassenge (Kommandant Festungsbezirks Tunis-Bizerte. Arrested on 9 May 1943 in Methelin), Generalmajor der Luftwaffe Georg Neuffer (Kommandeur 20. Flak-Division. Arrested on 10 May 1943 in Tunis), and Oberst im Generalstab August-Viktor von Quast (Chef des Generalstabes 5. Panzerarmee. Arrested on 9 May 1943 in Bizerte). Three of them were Ritterkreuzträger: Gustav von Vaerst, Willibald Borowietz and Georg Neuffer, while only one is Eichenlaubträger: Willibald Borowietz.

Source :
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060034955 

31 July 2020

554. Infanterie-Division at Donaueschingen


Image size: 1600 x 1172 pixel. 682 KB
Date: Saturday, 3 August 1940
Place: Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Artist: Unknown

This picture was taken on 3 August 1940 at Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Generale with the red arrows, from left to right: Generalleutnant z.V. Anton Freiherr von Hirschberg (Kommandeur 554. Infanterie-Division) and Generalleutnant Erwin Oßwald (Kommandierender General Stellvertretendes Generalkommando V. Armeekorps). 2nd from left is Oberstleutnant i.G. Karl Schall (Ia Erster Generalstabsoffizier 554. Infanterie-Division), while at far right is Oberst (E) Erich von Kirchbach (Chef des Generalstabes Stellvertretendes Generalkommando V. Armeekorps). The 554. Infanterie-Division was formed on 15 February 1940 from Divisionstab z.b.V. 441 as part of the 9. Welle (wave). Organized as a static division, it manned the West Wall on the Upper Rhine conducting border security, training and air raid protection duties. After the invasion of France, during which it advanced with the 7. Armee into Alsace, the division was disbanded on 13 August 1940.

Source :
https://www.axishistory.com/other-aspects/150-germany-heer/heer-divisionen/3437-554-infanterie-division
https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=2282990#p2282990
https://menofwehrmacht.blogspot.com/2020/07/554-infanterie-division-at.html

27 July 2020

Ritterkreuz Award Ceremony for Graf Strachwitz


Image size: 1600 x 1018 pixel. 222 KB
Date: Monday, 25 August 1941
Place: Nikolayev, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Artist: Unknown

Ritterkreuz award ceremony of Major der Reserve Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz (Kommandeur I.Abteilung / Panzer-Regiment 2 / 16.Panzer-Division), which was given by Generalmajor Hans-Valentin Hube (Kommandeur 16. Panzer-Division). The "Panzergraf" won this prestigious bravery medal on 25 August 1941 in the Eastern Front, as a reward for his leadership in the battle against the Red Army on 2-3 August previously. As a part of Kampfgruppe Wagner, Panzergraf has a decisive role in the efforts of the German troops to conquer the city of Pervomaisk in Ukraine, a critical road junction for the Soviets. Strachwitz's Panzer Battalion carried out an attack from the north, which later managed to destroy the defense of the Russian troops, a major contribution towards the victorious outcome of this battle. In this photo, we can see that General Hube only used his right arm when awarded the medal so it had to be helped by his aide. This is because he only has one arm, while his left hand has been lost since the Great War (and then replaced by artificial arm). Interestingly, Strachwitz and Hube would later become the two of only 27 people throughout the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS who won the fourth grade of the Ritterkreuz: Brillanten. Strachwitz received the medal on 15 April 1944, while Hube got it five days later, on 20 April 1944.


Sources :
https://crainsmilitaria.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=59_89
https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=2253827#p2253827

26 June 2020

Bf 109s of JG 53 vs Hurricanes of No.145 Squadron


Image size: 1194 x 1600 pixel. 398 KB
Date: Monday, 12 August 1940
Place: Isle of Wight, English Channel
Artist: Mark Postlethwaite

On 12 August 1940, Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) was tasked with carrying out a ‘Freie Jagd’ off Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight in support of Ju 88s of KG 51 that were attacking Portsmouth harbour and Ventnor radar station on the Isle of Wight. Leading 1./JG 53 was Hauptmann Hans-Karl Mayer, who was flying a Bf 109E-4 coded ‘White 8’. His Rottenflieger was Unteroffizier Heinrich Rühl in a Bf 109E-1 coded ‘White 10’. Flying at 8500 m, Mayer spotted three Hurricanes below attacking a lone Bf 110 at 1220 hrs, and although he quickly engaged the enemy fighters the Bf 110 pilot bailed out. Mayer selected the right Hurricane and Rühl the left, the former firing a total of 20 20 mm shells and 80 7.92 mm machine gun rounds into the RAF fighter, which immediately burst into flames and dived into the sea for what would be Mayer’s tenth victory of the war. Having already exhausted his supply of cannon shells, Rühl fired 200 machine gun rounds at his Hurricane, which then hit the sea in a gentle curve. Mayer now turned his attention to the remaining Hurricane, which had been engaged by the rest of his Staffel. This combat was not as one-sided, however, for his Bf 109E was hit six times. Mayer’s combat report noted; ‘After my first kill I flew back to the dogfight with the last remaining Hurricane against several aircraft of my Staffel. I immediately attacked and was able to open fire twice, and also received some hits myself. The damaged aircraft tried to escape in the direction of the coast but I stayed close to it, while my Staffel lost me in the haze. At first it made only slight evasive actions, and so I was able to get in several well-aimed bursts. The aircraft started emitting black smoke, went down in a shallow dive and disintegrated on impact.’ Mayer had achieved his second victory of the mission, firing ten cannon and 250 machine gun rounds at the Hurricane, which, after hitting the sea, sank immediately. Although it cannot be said for certain, it is believed that Mayer and Rühl accounted for Plt Off John Harrison, Acting Flt Lt Wilhelm Pankratz and Sgt Josef Kwiecinski of No 145 Sqn, all of whom were reported missing in action off the Isle of Wight at times that matched the three German claims.

Source :
"Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik-As' Bf 109 Aces of 1940" by Chris Goss

23 June 2020

General Alfred Gutknecht Captured by the US


Image size: 1213 x 1600 pixel. 638 KB
Date: Tuesday, 29 August 1944
Place: Near Fismes, France
Photographer: Snyder

This NARA (National Archives) photo collection, made by war correspondent Snyder, shows some time after Generalmajor Alfred Gutknecht (Höherer Kommandeur der Kraftfahrtruppen beim Oberbefehlshaber West) was captured by the US Army, on August 29, 1944. He was arrested when the vehicle carrying him crossed path with a convoy of American armored vehicles - which was advancing at high speed toward territory still controlled by Germany - near Fismes, France, which was located on the road between Reims and Soissons. You could say that this was the peak of the general's sadness and depression (clearly visible from the expression on his face, which was in sharp contrast to the grinning look of the Military Police next to him!). When he was transferred from his position as Officer of Staff Grenzabschnittskommando Nord to Staff 16. Armee on the Western Front shortly after the end of the German invasion of Poland, Gutknecht Beurteilung (Evaluation) document stated that he - who was still in the rank of Oberst - openly wept and asked to ask to remain stationed in the East in order to stay close to his sickly wife in the Ostpreußen region. His personnel were affixed with scathing comments: "If we cannot prevent the whiny colonel in our military, at least we can still prevent him from becoming a crybaby general!" While in Allied detention in the Berlin prison camp, Gutknecht received the tragic news that his beloved wife had died. Unable to bear the pain any longer, he later committed suicide on November 12, 1946.


Source :
https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=160170&hilit=leyser
https://wehrmachtss.blogspot.com/2018/10/penangkapan-jenderal-jerman-oleh.html

15 June 2020

German and Finnish Officers at a Ferry on Lake Ladoga


Image size: 1600 x 1024 pixel. 577 KB
Date: Monday, 10 August 1942
Place: Lake Ladoga, Lahti, Finland
Photographer: Carl Gustav Rosenqvist

This interesting, original color photo by Carl Gustav Rosenqvist was taken on August 10, 1942 and shows German and Finnish high-ranking officers crossing the Ladoga lake in Finland using Siebelfähre (Siebel's Freight / Ferry Boat) owned by Einsatzstab Fähre Ost (EFO), a Luftwaffe unit in Finland. This ferry operates around the Lake Ladoga region along with Italian MTB (12. Squadriglia MAS) and German mine ships from C-Gruppe / 31.Minensuch-Flottilla. From left to right: Oberstleutnant der Reserve Friedrich-Wilhelm Siebel (Kommandeur Einsatzstab Fähre Ost); Finnish Colonel Eino Iisakki Järvinen (Commander of the Lake Ladoga Beach Brigade), and two unknown Luftwaffe officers (the one on the far right is from the Flak unit based from his waffenfarbe). Original description from SA-Kuva - Finland: "During an inspection of the German Navy (Einsatzstab Fähre Ost) in Lahti, the invited guests set out on an infantry boat from where Colonel Keller received the parade. Bay bottom, Ladoga." Please note that if it's referred to Generaloberst Alfred Keller, so the ID is wrong because it is NOT him.

Source :
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=41944&p=374911&hilit=Colonel+E.+J%C3%A4rvinen#p374911
https://wehrmachtss.blogspot.com/2018/11/perwira-jerman-dan-finlandia-di-danau.html

14 June 2020

German Tank Convoy Near the Soviet Border


Image size: 1600 x 1014 pixel. 367 KB
Date: Saturday, 21 June 1941
Place: Romania
Photographer: Kriegsberichter Horst Grund

This photo was taken by Kriegsberichter Horst Grund and shows a convoy of Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.F1 on their way to the Eastern Front, 21 June 1941. These panzers used Dunkelgrau Nr.46 camouflage paint all over the body. The Germans had begun gathering their troops near the border with the Soviet Union, even before the military campaign in the Balkans had ended. As of the third week of February 1941, 680,000 Wehrmacht soldiers were gathered in the Romanian-Soviet border region. In preparation for the attack, Hitler moved more than 3.2 million German soldiers and 500,000 other Axis troops into the border area; sending innumerable aerial reconnaissance missions over Soviet territory; and piling up supplies in the East. Although all these things did not escape the observations of the Soviet High Command, but their dictator, Stalin, considered that it was merely an overly excessive concern. He did not believe that the Germans would attack the Soviets only two years after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Agreement, and this resulted in the slow preparation of the Red Army. Even so, Soviet military officials themselves never believed that the Germans would continue to be their "loyal" allies. Marshal Semyon Timoshenko once said that Germany was the "strongest and foremost enemy" of his country, and from the beginning of July 1940 the Red Army Chief of Staff, Boris Shaposhnikov, wrote a paper predicting that the Wehrmacht would attack the Soviet Union from three directions - which turned out to be the exact same way the German would choose a year later! To cover up his intention, Hitler leaked to Soviet intelligence the plans for Unternehmen Haifisch and Unternehmen Harpune, to support his claim that Britain was Germany's main target. In the attack on the Soviet Union itself, the invaders deployed an independent regiment, a motorized training brigade, and 153 divisions. The latter includes 104 infantry divisions, 19 panzer divisions, and 15 motorized infantry divisions which are divided into three Army Groups. This is added to the nine security divisions that would operate in occupied territories, four divisions in Finland, and two divisions as reserves which are under the direct control of OKH (Oberkommando des Heeres). These combat units will be armed with 3,350 tanks, 7,200 artillery guns, 2,770 airplanes (which make up 65% of the Luftwaffe's strength), around 600,000 vehicles, and 625,000 to 700,000 horses! To help Germany, Finland provided 14 divisions, while Romania mobilized 13 divisions assisted by eight brigades. The Axis' total strength was 3.8 million troops, stationed along a front that stretched from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea.

Source :
https://wehrmachtss.blogspot.com/2018/11/konvoy-panzer-iv-ke-front-timur.html

12 June 2020

Ritterkreuz Award Ceremony for Alexander von Hartmann in Stalingrad


Image size: 1170 x 1600 pixel. 0.98MB
Date: Thursday, 8 October 1942
Place: Stalingrad, Soviet Union
Photographer: Unknown



Ritterkreuz award ceremony for Generalmajor Alexander von Hartmann (Kommandeur 71. Infanterie-Division), which was held on October 8, 1942 in Stalingrad. The two generals who put the medal were Hartmann's two bosses, from left to right: General der Artillerie Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (Kommandierender General LI. Armeekorps) and General der Panzertruppe Friedrich Paulus (Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee). When his division (and all 6. Armee) could no longer escape from the Soviet siege around the city, Hartmann spoke to his officers calmly: "It is a great honor when an officer died in a battle. I will not kill myself, but I will sell my life dearly." He then took the rifle and headed for the embankment of the Stalingrad train located in the south. In front of the remaining members of his division (3 officers, 7 noncommissioned officers, and 183 soldiers), von Hartmann started firing at the Russian soldier who was invading ... while standing still! At 8:00 a.m. on January 26, 1943, he finally fell as he wished, shot right in the head. Also killed in the same day and in the same embankment were Oberstleutnant Kurt Corduan (Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 191) and Major Bayerlein (Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 211). Hartmann was promoted to General der Infanterie posthumously (he was promoted to Generalleutnant previously, on December 1942).






Source :
https://wehrmachtss.blogspot.com/2018/11/upacara-penganugerahan-ritterkreuz.html